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Partnership for World Mission Conference Report by Martha Alexander – Swanwick, UK – Nov 2016

DSCN6502This past November I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Partnership for World Mission Conference which was held at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, England. The theme of the conference was “Going the Extra Mile: Mission in a Moving World”.

HayesWorship and Bible Study were a part of our daily routine. There were ten of us in attendance from The Episcopal Church.
 Among the speakers were The Rev. Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, a Senior Anglican Chaplain in Athens who told of the response to the refuge crisis in his country and the needs of the thousands entering Greece. His comments about the ministries taking place, in a country which has its’ own economic problems, was inspiring and heartwarming. Other speakers raised the issues of the importance of relationships, welcoming the stranger through hospitality and the importance of preserving human dignity.

DSCN6500The workshops included these very timely topics: cross-cultural awareness presented by United Society Partners in the Gospel, who work predominantly with Anglicans, but, for over 300 years have worked with churches in their own communities. Their efforts are focused on the development of skills and working for change within the communities, not giving handouts. Other topics were how to engage effectively with refugees and asylum seekers, organizing international visits and using social media. One evening was a theater production which focused on asylum monologues.

 DSCN6501My takeaways from this conference consisted of the importance of continuing to develop relationships within the areas of mission including companion diocese links, whether on a diocesan or parish level. The influx of refugees is a major problem throughout the world. We need to be cognizant that people are leaving their own countries for a myriad of reasons, including economics or the political strife within their particular areas. We need to understand the way this affects our own communities and how we need to prepare to serve those who seek asylum. We need to aid in preserving the dignity of each human being. In the Book of Genesis we read about the migration through the discussion of Abraham. And, the Holy Family fled to Egypt from Bethlehem due to Herod’s order to kill little children; they were what we now describe as refugees. These are not new issues but remain very pressing particularly in our world today.

World-shaped MissionOne of the books I read prior to attending the conference was World-Shaped Mission by Janice Price. I recommend this book to those of you who are involved or interested in mission. Even though the book is focused on the work of the Church of England’s world mission, I think you will find it an excellent resource. I am excited that Janice Price is continuing to do research
 on companion diocese links and I am looking forward to reading her published study.

This was adapted from an article appearing in FOURTH WATCH — Newsletter of The Province of Sewanee — Province IV of The Episcopal Church Vol. 17 No. 1 Spring 2017.

AFRECS Annual Conference – Oct 21-23, 2016 – Des Moines, IA



AFRECS Annual Conference

Marriott Hotel
West Des Moines, Iowa
October 21-23, 2016

“We need constructive support from our Sudanese brothers and
sisters outside the country as we seek to
restore peace and rebuild trust in South Sudan.”
— Rev. Peter Gai, Chairman, South Sudan Council of Churches

Program Information:

This conference will bring together Sudanese from the
Diaspora and from South Sudan with American friends of South
Sudan and Sudan to work for peace and reconciliation in the
world’s youngest nation.

We will ask ourselves:

  • Where are the opportunities to support the Diaspora in
    the USA in its
    efforts for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan?
  • How can the friendship of Americans contribute to
    peacemaking in South Sudan and Sudan?

You can expect:

  • Inspiring stories of how partnerships of South Sudanese
    and Americans, even during these last thirty months of
    conflict, are working together for positive outcomes
  • News of South Sudan from African guests
  • Opportunities to meet and work for peace with friends
    dedicated to building a stable nation in South Sudan
  • Workshops led by experts with experience in mediation
    and peace building
  • Learn what the Commission for National Healing, Peace
    and Reconciliation and the Justice, Peace and
    Reconciliation Commission are doing to train and enable
    peace mobilizers in South Sudan
  • Hear from Sudanese leaders about their challenges,
    learnings and successes as the work to build reconciling
    congregations in the American Diaspora
  • Learn ways the US government is seeking to build peace,
    and what the church is doing to speak for peace to

Distinguished Guests:

  • Bishop Samuel Enosa Peni: Diocese of Nzara, South Sudan
    and Chairperson of the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation
    Commission of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and
  • Bishop Joseph Garang Atem: Diocese of Renk, South Sudan
  • His Excellency Pa’gan Amum Okiec: former Secretary
    General of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, signer
    of the Transitional Peace Agreement, August 2015
  • Dr. James A. Leach:  US Representative, Iowa 1st
    Congressional District, 1997-2007; retired Chairman,
    National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Dane F. Smith: former Senior Advisor in the Office
    of the US Special Envoy for Darfur, Deputy Chief of
    Mission in Sudan, and Ambassador to Guinea and Senegal
  • Mother Harriet Baka Nathan, Provincial Mother’s Union
    Coordinator, South Sudan
  • The Rev. Phil Groves, Continuing Indaba Project,
    Secretariat of the Anglican Communion, London

Conference begins Friday at noon and closes with
Eucharist at 10:15 on Sunday.


Cost: $100 registration fee covers full
attendance.  Meals are included (Friday lunch and
dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and banquet; Sunday


Diaspora attendees, seminarians, and students are automatically
granted full scholarship.
Please register and identify yourself as
scholarship-eligible to help us plan the meals.  You may make a
free-will donation at your discretion.  Any surplus
funds at the end of the conference will go to the work of
the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission in South

Hotel: West Des Moines Mariott,  1250 Jordan
Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Telephone: 515-267-1500, Conference Rate: $109 (plus tax)
per night

Click here to book your room at the group rate.

IMPORTANT: To get the special rate, which applies to
the nights of October 20, 21 and 22, you must book NO LATER
THAN Monday, October 3. 
Please book online or by
phone directly to the hotel.  This rate will not be
available on travel websites.

Air Travel:

Fly to Des Moines
International Airport (DSM). For best fares you are urged to
book ar transportation by August 31. If you fly to DSM and
stay at the Marriott Hotel the hotel will provide
complimentary transportation to and from the airport.  For best service
call the hotel ahead of time and give them your flight

Conference Registration:

To register online:
Online registration is a two-step process.

Step 1: Please Enter Your
Registration Information

Step 2: Please make your
payment online via PayPal

The conference registration fee is $100 per person.
An automatic scholarship for conference fees is available to
students and members of the Diaspora.
To register by mail:
Click here for a printable registration form,
and mail it and your check to:

PO Box 12026
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304


For program information, contact AFRECS at

For logistics information, contact

Diocese of Atlanta – GO! A Celebration of Global Mission – April 16

Go! A Celebration of Global Mission

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
435 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308

This event sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta will feature speakers, workshops and a special chance to thank and honor the Rev. Sandra McCann and Dr. Martin McCann of Columbus, who have returned from 12 years of ministering in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. Watch for details and mark your calendar!

Click here to register. For additional questions, contact Terry Franzen, Global Mission chair for the Diocese of Atlanta.


Diocese of Massachusetts – Global Mission Summit – Apr 9

GlobalMissionSummit20162016 Global Mission Summit

Over the past three years, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, collectively, has re-energized global mission with unprecedented time and resources.  With a tithe of the funds raised in its Together Now fundraisingcampaign, the diocese has awarded more than 55 grants and matching grants, involving 63 congregations, in excess of $845,000.  This has sparked new interest in mission, networks and partnerships creating new and deeper infrastructure to support ongoing global mission, with more and more churches involved at every level.

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, the Diocese of Massachusetts will gather for the 2016 Global Mission Summit.  “Our Global Mission Journey: Sharing our Present, Imagining our Future” highlights the lessons learned and the opportunities that await us in our journey toward reconciliation, justice, and the kingdom of God. Keynote by the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler.  Special guest presentations from representatives of Tatua Kenya (Kenya), Foundation Cristosal (El Salvador), El Hogar (Honduras), 2Seeds Network (Tanzania), Reach for Rwanda (Rwanda) and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates.

The Summit has a dual purpose.  First, we want to focus on what we’ve learned about this new form of mission.  Second, we want to inspire participants with ideas and opportunities to take their mission relationships to the next level.  The Summit will feature six areas of particular interest:

  1. The Evolution of Mission: How has mission changed since the days of “converting the heathens?”  What are the roles of charity, project trips, development, and accompaniment?
  2. Engaging Young People: What are some of the elements of successful youth engagement?  What are the possibilities?
  3. Involving the Congregation: How do we excite people and make our mission partnership a ministry that involves the whole congregation?
  4. Maintaining Relationships: How do we keep our mission relationship vibrant?  What are some of the challenges and how do we get through them?
  5. Friends and Money: The person holding the wallet usually controls the relationship.  How do we share our abundance and yet maintain an authentic relationship?
  6. Learning from Challenges: Challenges are inevitable in relationships, and we all make mistakes.  What can we learn through this process to make our relationships even richer?

The day involves workshops, speakers, music, worship and networking opportunities. Lunch is included. Click here for a COMPLETE WORKSHOP LISTING.

Registration closes April 4, 2016

Global Episcopal Mission Network renews mission call after Primates Meeting

Responding to the decision concerning the Episcopal Church announced by the Anglican Primates Meeting on January 14, the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) Board renews GEMN’s call for Episcopalians to engage in global mission by sending and receiving pilgrims, missionaries, volunteers and learners between the Episcopal Church and the whole world, with emphasis on the Anglican Communion. In the midst of a situation that is painful for all concerned, especially because of potential impacts on treasured relationships throughout the communion, we choose to act in faith, hope and love.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said at the Primates Meeting, “… the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all.”

Episcopalians, young and old and from all walks of life, encounter those “outstretched arms of Jesus” in new and empowering ways when we engage in international mission. Such companionship is transformational. GEMN will continue, with renewed energy, to invite and equip Episcopalians for service and learning with our sisters and brothers of the Anglican Communion.

GEMN welcomes the primates’ affirmation of evangelism, in which they said, “We commit ourselves through evangelism to proclaim the person and work of Jesus Christ, unceasingly and authentically, inviting all to embrace the beauty and joy of the Gospel.” We likewise welcome the primates’ attention to climate change, religiously motivated violence, poverty and war as highlighted in their communiqué. All these concerns are vital to God’s mission in the world.

We invite all individuals, parishes, dioceses, and mission-minded organizations to join us in advancing God’s global mission. In particular, we invite people to come, or send others, to the GEMN Global Mission Conference in Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 18-20, 2016. Details are at Our Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Migration Ministries and other leaders will address the theme of “God’s Mission With a World in Continuous Motion”. Mainlanders will join with Episcopalians from Latin America and Episcopal missionaries from around the world.

Site Visit to St. Peter’s and the Panama Hotel

Quote from Jane Griesbach on this site visit:

“I’ve sent some photos from site visit to St. Peter’s and then the Panama Hotel (where Japanese Americans left their worldly goods in the hurry to be rounded up for internment camps in 1942.) The elderly man, Ben, who is a newly confirmed parishioner of St. Peter’s, talked with us and told his story — he was interned with his family when he was 7 years old – sent to Idaho from Seattle area. He has no bitterness but had some tears in his eyes at times — as did we! Such a privilege to spend time with him. I re-read “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford on the plane ride home — it tells the story of the internment & hotel around historical fiction story…”

Site Visit to Seafarers and Seattle Tilth Garden

Ken Hawkins (“Big Ken”) had told us moving stories about the countless seafaring men and women who have been given a welcoming meal, an opportunity to Skype with their families at home (some even seeing a son or daughter for the first time), a ride to the store for otherwise unobtainable items and gifts, or a comfortable bed to sleep on… We were very excited to see the Seattle chapter of Mission to Seafarers, serving thousands of crew coming into to Seattle’s docks after many months at sea. Most of them are from diverse parts of the world, and this becomes a place of sanctuary and welcome for them in the middle of often a year-long voyage.  In addition, the Mission to Seafarers collects, assembles and distributes hundreds of “ditty bags” containing toiletries and other small items, plus a hand-knitted cap for each seafarer.

Brian Sellers-Peterson, of Episcopal Relief & Development and Seattle Tilth, described an urban gardening initiative on the part of the Diocese of Olympia: underutilized church property throughout the diocese will be converted to edible gardens, for hunger alleviation and health, education, community development, and environmental sustainability.  Gardens have just been started on the Seafarers property, (also a Superfund site), for fresh food, beauty, and enjoyment for seafaring crews and staff.